City anniversary celebration expands; West Hyattsville festival changes focus
BY SUSIE CURRIE — The city’s 125th anniversary parade was rained out last year. But organizers are planning for the biggest one yet, a four-day extravaganza complete with fireworks. A carnival in Magruder Park will run April 12 to 16, and on Saturday, April 14, the annual parade steps off from Hyattsville Middle School, followed by a festival in the park.
Also in the works: a revamped and expanded fall festival in West Hyattsville. For about 15 years, Queens Chapel Town Center was the spot for the International Street Festival, usually held in late September. At a recent city council meeting, Acting Parks and Recreation Director Abby Sandel proposed moving the fun to November 3, and renaming it Handmade on Hamilton: An International Festival of Craft, Food and Music. She expects that artists and other vendors will be able to apply for a spot sometime this spring. Stay tuned!